Gone in 60 seconds isn‚Äôt just the title of a Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie movie.
It‚Äôs also how long it took for Yante Maten and Osahen Iduwe to scoop up the scholarships the Georgia men‚Äôs basketball had available for its signing class, coach Mark Fox said Wednesday.
The program announced the frontcourt additions on the first day of the late signing period.
‚ÄúOsahen called me,‚Äù Fox said remembering back to Saturday of Final Four weekend. ‚ÄúWhen I hung up with him, I think less than 60 seconds later, Yante texted me and said he was coming, too, so we got them both within a minute.‚Äù
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Maten is a power forward who ‚Äúis very ready to help us,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúA lot of high school kids have a big physical adjustment. He‚Äôs more advanced than the typical freshman and he‚Äôs got a versatile game.‚Äù
Maten, the Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year, picked Georgia over Michigan State and Indiana.
‚ÄúHe obviously had some great offers,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúNot that we pay much attention to that, but it just goes to show the quality of player that he is.‚Äù
The commitments came days after Georgia announced a two-year extension for Fox, who guided Georgia to a 20-14 record and the second round of the NIT.
‚ÄúI think that was key to be honest with you,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúI think we have a team that had success. We got a lot of them back. We‚Äôve got good young players, so I think we‚Äôve got some momentum.‚Äù
Fox said an attraction for Maten was being able to study wildlife biology at Georgia.
‚ÄúIt was not just about basketball,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúWe knew he had a really good trip here, so we felt like we had a great chance for him to commit.‚Äù
Fox has helped send power forwards Trey Thompkins, Luke Babbitt, Nick Fazekis and Javale McGee to the NBA and could use that as a selling point with Maten and Iduwe.
Maten averaged 19.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 6.9 blocks and 4.8 assists as a senior at Bloomfield Hills High in suburban Detroit.
He‚Äôll have a chance to compete for a starting spot with the departure of senior forward Donte‚Äô Williams and offers more on the offensive end than Williams.
Iduwe, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound center from Nigeria, was known as Fred while playing at St. John‚Äôs Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis.
‚ÄúHe wants to go by Osahen,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúHe told us that on his visit. I went that moment to Osahen.‚Äù
Iduwe averaged 8.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
‚ÄúHe can run, he can jump and move laterally,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a shot blocker.‚Äù
Fox said Georgia ‚Äúmissed on one kid that we targeted‚Äù during the early signing period, ‚Äúbut we feel very good about what these guys can do for us.‚Äù
A second scholarship opened up when center John Cannon opted to transfer.
Georgia will lose frontcourt players Nemanja Djurisc and Marcus Thornton after next season.
‚ÄúWe had to get size, Fox said. ‚ÄúThere was no wiggle room in that.‚Äù
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